Local artists and arts organizations in Austin are vital in helping Austin ISD move from being arts-involved to being an arts-rich school district.

Through the Creative Learning Initiative, each participating school receives funding to provide students with an in-school or out-of-school arts-based experience from a community arts partner.

For 2017-18 school year, the following vertical teams will have access to the CLI Community Arts Partnership Fund: 

  • Eastside Memorial Vertical Team (CLI Year 3)
    • $8/student (PK-8)
    • $4/student (9-12)
  • LBJ Vertical Team (CLI Year 2)
    • $8/student (PK-8)
    • $4/student (9-12)
  • Anderson Vertical Team (CLI Year 1)
    • $8/student (PK-8)
    • $4/student (9-12)
  • McCallum Vertical Team (CLI Sustaining)
    • $3/student (PK-5)
    • $3/student (6-12)
  • Travis Vertical Team (CLI Sustaining)
    • $3/student (PK-5)
    • $3/student (6-12)
  • Crockett Vertical Team (CLI Sustaining)
    • $3/student (PK-5)
    • $3/student (6-12)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Of the $8/student, at least $4 must be spent through a community arts partner (e.g., ZACH Theatre, Creative Action, Ballet Austin, Pollyanna Theatre, FilmKids, Ballet Folklorico, The Contemporary, etc.). Any remaining funds may be spent on the necessary supplies to fulfill the arts-based experience (e.g., transportation, art supplies for the community arts partner experience, etc. THESE FUNDS CANNOT BE USED TO STOCK CLASSROOM ARTS SUPPLIES.)

For questions, please contact:

Creative Learning Coordinator
P: 512-414-4731
E: john.green-otero@austinisd.org

If you have questions related to your request, please contact:


Creative Learning Coordinator
P: 512-414-4731
E: John.Green-Otero@austinisd.org

Below is an example of some community arts partners that provide experiences for students.

*Please note that this list is not exclusive to vendors with current contracts with AISD. Service agreements may need to be completed prior to working with some of these vendors.*


Anthropos Arts
AP Comedy
Austin Chamber Music
Austin Classical Guitar
Austin Community College
Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Kids
Austin Film Society
Austin Friends of Folk Art
Austin Jazz Workshop
Austin Opera
Austin Shakespeare
Austin Symphony
Austin Traditional Jazz Society
Aztlan Dance Company
Ballet Austin
Ballet East
Ballet Folklorico

Creative Action
Drama for Schools
Flor de Nopal Literary Festival
Great Promise for American Indians
Groundworks Music Project
Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts
Inside Out Steelband
Keys of Life
La Pena
Latinas Unidas Por Arte (LUPE Arte)
Mexic-Arte Museum
Musical Connections
One World Theatre
Pollyanna Theatre Company
Proyecto Teatro

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance
Rhythm Path
Scottish Rite Theatre
Tapestry Dance Company
Teatro Vivo
The Blanton Museum of Art
The Cipher
The Contemporary Austin
The Edge of Imagination Station
The Paramount Theatre
The Thinkery
VSA Texas
X8 Interactive Drumming
Zach Scott Theatre

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